Turn To Crime: Can’t Love (Mugg & Bopp, 2014)

June 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Turn To Crime: Can't Love

Turn To Crime: Can’t Love

I’ve been missing out on Turn To Crime (Detroit’s Derek Stanton) until now, I’ve always heard the name mentioned but I’ve just never gotten around to seeing him or hearing his recordings. This is his first album and it’s more poppy than I expected, sounding like the solo experimental pop that it is, with repetitive drum machine rhythms and lo-fi guitars, but with a clearer pop sensibility, and some unexpectedly soulful vocals. “I” is a short organ intro, “Can’t Love” is a cool bashy-drums pop song, “Sunday’s Cool” is lo-fi garage soul, “Pine Box” is slower and sadder, “Forgiveness” is midtempo and kind of sad and soulful, and then the last 2 tracks are longer, noisier jams, with “Nightmares” being an excellent Krautrock-fuzz freakout, and “I Can’t Not Love” being a 10-minute instrumental jam.

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